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Lawyers file suit to declare MN sex offender program unconstitutional

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Lawyers filed motions Thursday asking a federal judge to declare the Minnesota Sex Offender Program unconstitutional in a class-action lawsuit on behalf of more than 600 sex offenders.

The suit also asks to move the people in the program to less restrictive facilities and appoint a court officer to oversee the program, according to KSTP-TV.

The program has been under fire because of continuing questions about its constitutionality and high costs. Only one patient has ever been successfully released from the program since its creation in 1994, according to the Associated Press.

In Thursday's motions, according to Channel 5, the plaintiffs asked U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank to declare a key statute governing the program unconstitutional as it's been applied, saying guidelines make it impossible to discharge standards.

A hearing is scheduled for Nov. 15.

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